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English verb: alienate

1. alienate (emotion) arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness


SamplesShe alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to alienate Sue


Synonymsalien, disaffect, estrange


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)drift apart, drift away, wean

2. alienate (possession) transfer property or ownership


SamplesThe will aliened the property to the heirs.


Synonymsalien


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)transfer

3. alienate (emotion) make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated


SamplesThe boring work alienated his employees.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike









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